As an apex body of voluntary organizations, VANI has strived for easing the regulatory and fiscal environment for voluntary organizations to function without any constraints and impediments. Certain provisions of laws governing voluntary organisations (VOs) like the Societies Registration Act of 1860, the Indian Trusts Act (1882), the Charitable and Religious Trust Act (1920), Section 25 of the Indian Companies Act (1950), Foreign Contribution Regulation Act of 1976 (FCRA) and by similar legislations of the states have become obsolete or redundant. These laws impede rather than enable the work of VOs. VANI has been at the forefront of campaigning for reducing the regressive laws and provisions and create a conditioned environment which would be increase the permeability of VO activity in the country. Our credo has always maintained that there is a greater need for the promotion of voluntarism than for its regulation.
As a platform, it promotes voluntarism and creates space for voluntary action.
As a network, it attempts to bring about a convergence of common sectoral issues and concerns for building a truly National agenda of voluntary action in the country. It also facilitates linkages of various efforts and initiatives of the voluntary sector in the country for a multiplier effect, to create and sustain the process of change in an organic manner.